After letting us stop by ArtShack for a tour of her classroom, preschool art teacher Romina Wixom was kind enough to share one of the go-to projects she uses with her students— Super Simple Silkscreening! I’ve never learned to screen print, but this project is a remarkably easy way to become acquainted with the technique. Using everyday supplies like tape and contact paper, one can skip the emulsion and get straight to printing away on paper, t-shirts, bags, and more! “This is a great lesson in positive and negative shape,” Romina says, “a tricky concept for any age.” Check out Romina’s full tutorial after the jump! —Max
- A pre-stretched silkscreen
- Silkscreen tape or contact paper
- screen printing ink
- a squeegee
- A surface to print on (we used a tote bag!)
1) On the flat side of the silk screen, tape out your design, or if you are using contact paper, cut out your design and stick it on.Whatever you don’t cover of the screen surface will be what gets printed. I’ve often started this project by simply masking out a shape with painter’s tape on paper and letting the kids paint over it. They love to peel the tape off once the paint has dried to reveal the crisp edges.
2) After you have your design on the screen, lay it with the flat side down, the frame facing up. If you are printing on a bag or a t-shirt, lay a piece of scrap paper inside to insure that the design won’t leak through to the other side.
3) Lay a dollop of ink across the upper surface.
4) Holding the frame in place with one hand, use the squeegee to press the ink through the screen. Pull at a downward angle toward your body. When working with kids, it’s best to hold the screen for them, and allow them to pull the squeegee across the surface! Remove the screen and allow your design to dry!